National Report: Indonesia – The Influence of Conservative Religious Interpretations on Child Marriage in West Java and East Java

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This study focuses on the impact of child marriage and the actors that enables the practice, mainly the religious actors who uses their religious interpretations as justification. The complex interweaving of culture and religion in Indonesia further muddles the situation, enabling the larger conservative Islamic groups to preserve the law that stipulates the minimum age of marriage for girls to be 16 years. Aside from exposing and studying the factors involved in the practice of child marriage in the country, the current paper also presents a series of recommendations targeting various stakeholders.

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